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    Quote Originally Posted by clmjday
    My son is 11 and in 6th grade.... he is flunking everything. He has PDD (very close to Asperger's) He also has ADHD; anxiety d/o and mood d/o. I signed up today- I'm hoping to supplement for now and I would really like to withdraw him from school. His teacher handed him a paper he had done poorly on yesterday and said, "Here's a present for you- I hope you like it." Can you believe that?? I am beyond distraught.
    My son will be 11 soon, and he is in the 4th grade. He also has the same disabilities as your son. This is my first year homeschooling and my first week using T4L. So far, so good. That is terrible what the teacher said to him, and I'm sorry to hear that he had to go through that. I really like T4L because I can change the grade level of his work, because I am currently helping him catch up on what he's missed 1st-3rd grade. He enjoys the interactive activities and being able to work on his own w/ little help. Good luck.

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    Hi everyone
    My daughter is 4 1/2 years old and diagnosed with AS and SPD. She has been going to a private Catholic preschool but she does not associate or play with the other children. We have been using T4L as a supplement to her learning since April 2007. Well, after her last report card and a talk with her teacher we are going to be homeschooling her. She is very smart, IQ over 150 but she does not sleep through the night, sensitive to noise, smells and sound,does not sit, jumps and flaps her hands, stands and taps her feet and rocks. To get her to sit and do work we have her bounce on a peanut or spin on a biliboa. She loves T4L and is doing the language at the Kindergarden level, can read over 50 3 letter words and has started with the math, which she is very visual with that you have to have quidgets in front of her but she can count all the way to 100. She knows alot of other things that a typical 5 year old would not know. I am living in Northeast Pennsylvania near the New York border and I hope I can get some assistance on the Pennsylvania homeschool laws. I have read them but since we have been here for the past year I would like to make sure we are not going to have a problem. We are also using workbooks from School Zone that has computer programs that goes with the workbooks.
    Gail

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    Hi Gail,

    I just saw your recent post about using T4L with your Asperger's daughter. I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I'm Beth, and I'm homeschooling my 7 year old son with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I've been reading about autism and the Jenny McCarthy's website. Not sure if you're familiar with that. Based on my reading, I took my son to an alternative medicine doctor but didn't really get very far with that. He did recommend trying the gluten free diet which we're doing. It does seem to help but it's not a cure all. We haven't given up dairy completely though, as recommended. Anyway, just thought I'd say hi. Hang in there.

    Beth

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    I haven't checked the boards in a while and I was really surprised to see how many views this post has!

    My youngest is HFA/Asperger's. He will be 6 in April and we have been using T4L since June I think. He gets bothered by the repetition of the voices in the K level material. I think he wants to move faster on things he already understands and they keep repeating so he closes the lesson. I had the 1st grade opened up for him and this really made a huge difference. He is reading now!

    I have found that he has information in his head far beyond what would be considered K or 1st grade...but there is often one piece out of place in the puzzle...I never know what will turn that piece around or move it, but when it does he makes huge leaps ahead.

    We are kind of ecletic I guess. I will use T4L for a week so long as he is making progress. When he gets stuck we take a break and go to something else. We found the Bob Books work really well for him. Again, when he gets stuck we move to something else. Lapbooking or notebooking is something we use often.

    I have 4 children that are learning at home. The other 3 are currently cyberschooled. I think that is working really well for the High School and Middle School girls. Cyberschooling is ok for my 8yr old but he is getting bogged down with having to do things in order to check them off when he really would rather spend time deeply investigating something else. He uses the T4L as a supplement for the poor math curriculum offered by the cyberschool. I am really leaning toward homeschooling him next year with T4L being his main structure and allowing him to branch out from there. He has a ton of sensory issues but not considered on the Spectrum.

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    Hi Beth
    Yes, I have heard of Jenny and am also trying glutin free, except her 6 oz. of milk 3 times a day, but we are also trying detox baths and massage therapy. She seems to go 3 steps forward then we go back 2 steps. Right now I am reading a book called Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome by Brenda Boyd. Most of the books I have read have helped but I do not see a cure in sight. Just little steps. It has been real hard because she is so weather regulated and sensitive to sound and textures. She also does not sleep through the night and we have tried so many things. We are going to be trying a night light that is a moon at night and a sun during the day that you set the time. I hope this works. She is doing Kindergarden and we are not having a problem except with the physical stuff, such as sitting trying to write, color or cut. She does not like sitting and has trouble with the coordination. I have a peanut for her to bounce on, a biliboa for her to spin in and weighted blankets to feel secure but no ideas on socialization.
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    It's really nice to hear from you all; just to hear what you're trying, what's kind of working, etc. I'm in a smaller town and there just aren't any Asperger / Autism connections out there for us, that I know of.

    We don't have as many sensory problems as we had in years past. Basically, my 7 y/o son walks back and forth in the hallway making what he calls 'movies'. (He's doing the dialogue for his own movie.) And he has social/communication difficulties in that he doesn't do the back and forth communication like most people and he blurts things out that are not on topic. He desires a friend so much but most kids quickly sense that 'there's something not right with this kid' and the friendship never develops. It's a heartbreaking thing to watch for a mom.

    Just FYI: I believe that our diet that consists of virtually no preservatives and mostly homemade stuff really helps but it's hard to prove such a statement. Again, diet alone isn't a cure all but it does help.

    Best regards to you all.

    Beth

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    My daughter is also an Aspie. Living in a city, the public schools lack so much. Hurricane Katrina made the already failing public school system even more desperate.

    I pulled my daughter out of public school because of the socialization aspect. She was a minority, often singled-out for being white, and often teased for being different. This made it even more difficult for her, having survived a horrendous act, as well as being an Aspie who struggles with social skills.

    Time4Learning has been our life-saver. She needs the visual cues to learn. She wasn't getting that in public school and she wasn't getting that with any other homeschool curriculum. We use Time4Learning as our core curriculum and supplement it with other curriculum - mostly theme based - that ties in with the lessons she is learning at Time4Learning.

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    Welcome!
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    WOW! These are such incredible testimonies. Not just Time4Learning, but what awesome moms you all are. I know it's not easy, but what you are doing will have eternal consequences for your precious children. Thank you so much for sharing...., I was very blessed.
    Mary, Child of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ! Wife to best friend and Mama to her four boys 91, 96, 00, 02, Homeschooling since 1998! Come visit us on our blog! http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/MamaMary/

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    T4L is great for the Aspie kid because you can flux the cirriculum. We use 4th grade english but 8th grade math.
    We have a strict schedule for school work that we use faithfully every day and the T4L program makes it possible for me to do schedules 9 weeks at a time. We go 9 on 1 off this helps so he does not get bored.

    Make sure to use another program for PE and Social such as the local City Park and Rec program so they do not become more isolated and loss social skills.

    We also pull grades every Friday just like if he was in regular school and if the grades are not appropriate he gets grounded, D is 15 and this is almost the end of our 2nd year of using the program so he can do classes on his own and we expect him to do the exercises until he gets a 70%, sometimes that is the first time sometimes it is the 5th but he knows what he has to do so the expectations are solid.

    Good luck, D will be going back to regular high school next year (his choice) so keep the schedule as close to your district requirements as you can and do your own IEP every year so that if you go back later it is a smooth transition.

    K

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